21 Nov 22

Woods Bagot wins Gold and Silver at the 2022 World Architecture News Awards


Woods Bagot has taken home Gold and Silver trophies for Deakin University Law School Building and 405 Bourke Street at the 2022 World Architecture News (WAN) Awards.

Now in its 14th year, the WAN Awards recognise the outstanding works of innovative and visionary architects worldwide.

“The WAN Awards promote today’s visions of the world’s creative and imaginative architects,” says Alison Carter, World Architecture News Editor.

“They have become a beacon of inspiration to those in the global architectural community, as well as an opportunity for all to shine the light on outstanding work.”

The 2022 WAN Awards were judged by an extensive panel of top international experts who put entries through a rigorous process and reinforce the awards’ truly global outlook.

Announced on the first day of the 2-day virtual ceremony, Deakin University Law School Building won the Gold trophy in the Education – Higher Education and Research Facilities category.


Disconnected from the wider campus by a waterway, Woods Bagot designed the Law School as a lighthouse and pivot point for the wider campus. It is a striking building that houses a wide variety of modern learning spaces while also serving as a wayfinding landmark, offering a point of orientation, encouraging visitors across a link bridge, and uniting the campus. The law school does away with the traditional lecture theatre and offers five levels of flexible, multimedia learning environments that range from the formal to the informal.

The WAN judges praised Woods Bagot for, “a ‘wayfinding’ learning place that creates a series of spiralling dynamic versions of the spatial atmosphere for learning and communication and seems to echo the school’s quest for diverse pedagogical approaches”.

Winning the Silver trophy in the Commercial – Offices and Studios category, 405 Bourke Street is a luminous addition to an iconic Melbourne Street and a bustling part of this Australian city. The edges of the monolithic building are softened by a facade that features repetitive laminations to refract and absorb light, creating perpetual reflections and catching the sun throughout the day to create a constantly changing expression.

The WAN judges noted: “The building is horizontally aligned with its historic neighbours while new through lanes provide access to and across the site, connecting the offices to the surrounding streetscape.

Alongside this recognition for Woods Bagot’s Australian projects, from China, AI Plaza was a finalist in the Façade category and Sunshine Financial Center was a finalist in the Commercial – Offices and Studios.

In the sister award program, the Word Interior News Awards, Woods Bagot’s Zhenmeihui Clinic won the Gold trophy in the Health and Wellbeing – Hospital and Clinic category.

405 Bourke Street is a luminous addition to an iconic Melbourne street. Known as ‘the lantern’ its softly glowing façade visually activates the urban fabric by creating an inviting landmark that adds character and a sense of simple elegance to a busy and bustling part of the city.

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